Date of entry

September 2022

Additional requirements

For consideration for this course you will need to have, or meet

  • academic entry requirements
  • residency requirements
  • PVG membership
  • work experience
  • a personal statement (graded against the criteria below)

Residency requirement

You must be a UK citizen, or an EU citizen with settled or pre-settled status.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG)

You will need to successfully apply for Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership. We will organise this for you before you start the course, however you will need to pay the fee of up to £59.

Work experience

You will need two years’ experience of working with children and/or young people (age range 0-24 years) and/or families (paid or unpaid) at point of application. You will be asked to provide a CV and references.

Examples of relevant experience would include:

  • work as a teacher in schools or further education, or as a teaching assistant
  • social work assistant
  • residential child care officer
  • community education worker
  • youth club worker
  • literacy tutor
  • assistant psychologist (clinical or educational)
  • research assistant (in some cases), careers adviser
  • and so on...

Relevant paid and voluntary, part-time and full-time work can be taken into account.

Personal statement 

To allow us to shortlist effectively, your personal statement should show evidence of the following criteria as this will be scored.

  • Reference to psychological theory/theories that are relevant to children, young people, families and community.
    • It is better to focus on a few clear examples from your knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and families where you have drawn on theories and how you have applied this in your work.
  • Reference to the role of an educational psychologist.
    • You should demonstrate that you have detailed knowledge about the range of work educational psychologists do; the different settings they work in; and the current issues facing the profession in Scotland. We would advise that you speak to educational psychologists and read relevant publications. Useful sources may include Education ScotlandThe Scottish Government, and The British Psychological Society.
  • Skills developed from professional and/or voluntary work with children/young people/families
  • Ability to explain relevance of personal experience to training as an educational psychologist.
    • You should think about your personal, professional and/or voluntary experiences and provide a clear description of the skills that you have developed that will help you in your training as an educational psychologist.
  • Reference to working collaboratively with other adults in work experience (paid or unpaid).
    • You should indicate specific examples where you have worked collaboratively with other adults (paid or unpaid) to meet children and young people's needs.

Application deadline and key dates

  • Application deadline 31 January 2022
  • Stage 1 – assessment of application
  • Stage 2 – invited for interview March and April 2022
  • Offers issued June 2022